Some of the things that are inspiring my work right now in the studio: tools, books, YouTube channels, podcasts and more.
We always travel in late June when school let’s out and our destination usually oscillates between cities and national parks. Having visited the Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon last year this year we chose Los Angeles for a dose of much needed vitamin D, and more art, architecture, and food than we had anticipated. The Getty Center visit was an architectural highlight of our stay. Curiously, I found the gardens, the spatial connections between inside and out and the use of texture to be the clear standouts in this - at times - overwhelming monumental architectural feast. It also became clear to me how the modern housing movement found purchase here, the climate demanded it.
Books I’m reading
I’ve given myself permission to dip in and out of books now. If I tire of one or the messaging gets repetitive, I simply move on. Rather than be held hostage by my list, this has been a totally liberating practice.
Every Tool’s a Hammer Adam Savage
This is Marketing Seth Godin
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got Jay Abraham
Never Split the Difference - Chris Voss
TED Talks - Chris Anderson
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
Atomic Habits - James Clear
Podcasts I’m into
The Crazy One with Stephen Gates (design thinking)
Tim Ferriss Show - compelling long-form interviews with interesting, successful entrepreneurs.
Seth Godin’s Akimbo - marketing ideas packaged in a consumable format.
Design Matters - Debbie Milman’s award-winning podcast on all things design. Christoph Niemann is a good one to start with.
Gary Vee Show - Gary Vaynerchuk teaches you how to: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.
Chase Jarvis Live Show - Founder of Creative Live interviews creatives.
Tropical MBA - One of the most consistent, high-level biz pods I’ve ever found.
Media I’m devouring
Look Mom I Can Fly - Although a musical departure for me, I loved this doc about Travis Scott’s meteoric rise.
The Futur - Graphic Designers offer biz advice + inspiration
Minnie Small - an artist living in the UK (asmr fix too)
Nowness - pretty meta, right? Really into their ‘In Residence’ series which tours architect’s homes
Peter McKinnon - Toronto photographer + video storyteller
On Creativity - creatives talking about their process
Thomas Heaton - a UK landscape photographer, calming vids
Karin Bohn - Canadian Interior designer
Creative North - Swedish filmmaker + story teller, (amazing color grading)